“Pokémon Go” players stare and steer at the same time

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) - At Riverside and First Capitol in St. Charles, across the street from Frontier Park, a Fox 2 News videographer found a lot of “Pokémon Go” players Friday afternoon. One gamer explained why this is such a popular location.

“I think it's just more foot traffic here,” she said. “And where there's more foot traffic, there's more Pokémon.”

And many people are apparently playing “Pokémon Go” while they are still driving. Again and again, people could be seen behind the steering wheel, holding their cell phones up and staring at them.

“You see it a lot here late at night when there aren't as many as people around,” one gamer said. “But if you go slow enough you can catch just as many Pokémon.”

Does the smartphone app work if you’re in a moving vehicle?

“It does, yeah,” he said.

Is there a maximum speed at which it will work?

“Fifteen miles per hour,” said one woman and another gamer.

“The big thing is hatching the eggs,” said the other young man. “And supposedly there's a speed limit where you have to be less than 15 miles per hour in order for it to work.”

A warning on the game reminds players to “Stay aware of your surroundings,” but the alert does not mention driving.

“It's not the game's fault,” one player said.

Just bad drivers, then?

“Yeah, just people being irresponsible,” he said.

At Loop League, a Pokémon event on the Delmar Loop Friday, there was signal strength in numbers. And while the driving issue did not seem to be as prevalent, it’s something gamers were aware of.

One young man explained what those distracted drivers are looking at.

“You're seeing what Pokémon pop up. Because you can see on your phone there's a little bar in the bottom right to let you know which Pokémon are in the area. So people are looking at that. Then they'll see a Pokémon pop up. They'll click on the Pokémon. Then you're trying to throw your Poke balls at it to capture it. But it's definitely a bit of a hazard.”

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